Inspiration Blog - Zinfandel finding Croatian Roots. Read about the the long search to lost family roots of loved Californian wine.
Zinfandel finding Croatian Roots

Zinfandel was a mystery wine, until it’s origins were finally discovered by the wine specialist who confirmed by DNA analysis that the red grape variety comes from Croatia.  The Californian red grape was brought probably in mid-19th century from Vienna’s during the Habsburgs Monarchy that ruled Croatia’s territory at that time.

In the 19th century the country was hit by the wine epidemic called phylloxera that not only wiped out the wine cultures but also shook the wine industry on the Dalmatian islands that led to economic crisis and even emigration of islands population to South America. Island of Brac is famous for one of those emigration wave that got hit by the epidemic and many of the inhabitants today have cousins in Chile!

Inspiration Blog - Zinfandel finding Croatian Roots. Read about the the long search to lost family roots of loved Californian wine.

Our Zinfandel got Austrian name due to the Germanic influence at the time, but the study confirmed the authenticity. Croatian soil and genetic equivalency with the grape Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag. Also the grape is known under the Italian name Primitivo.

Big advocate of Croatian Zinfandel is Mike Grgich, Californian of Croatian origins that was convinced and afterward proved with the help of scientist that Zinfandel came from Croatia. He saw the similarities with wine leaves and pursue his quest. Grgich’s Californian wine cellar Grgich Hills produce world known Zinfandel and is responsible for modern wines renominated in the world.

Inspiration Blog - Zinfandel finding Croatian Roots. Read about the the long search to lost family roots of loved Californian wine.

So who are the Zinfandel’s lost cousins? We can say that he came from a pretty noble family as he is the cousin of the finest Croatian wines Plavac Mali and Crljenak. Mr Grgich among others saw the potential in this good quality wine and established as well the winery in Croatia where he produces Grgich wines Plavac Mali and Posip.

Plavac Mali is a very famous rich, flavorful red wine both high in alcohol and grape tannin. It is produced in Dalmatia mostly on the islands of Hvar & Brac and Peljesac peninsula. These sites are known as sunniest places on the coast. The sun together with closeness of the sea, winds and air give the wine its structure and body.

Inspiration Blog - Zinfandel finding Croatian Roots. Read about the the long search to lost family roots of loved Californian wine.

If you are traveling Croatia make sure to taste Plavac Mali and some other great wines from the same territory.  As Posip, Bogdanusa, Dingac, Ostatak Bure, St Klement, Plavac, Opolo Nobile (great Rosé) or Prosek (sweet dessert wine).  Besides Mr. Grgich wines if you choose of the following producers you will not be wrong. Tomic, Zlatan otok, Dubokovic, Svirce, Jako Vino…  If in the area do visit the producers, many of them propose tasting session and walk through the vineyards. Specially visit the restaurant and wine cellar of Zlatan otok that is situated on the shore of Sveta Nedjelja. On Hvar island (the wine cellar is under the sea level).

And during the rainy days in USA you can visit the online wine shop of Madison Wine Cellar and order some of the Croatia’s finest.

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